First manufactured in 1983 by the fine Volks at ANT in Wolfenbüttel, former West Germany, come the W695B mastering/summing bus EQ’s. After the AEG-Telefunken conglomerate went bankrupt in 1980, the remainder of their assets were bought out collectively by the Bosch, Mannesmann, and Allianz companies. They formed a new company called AEG-Telefunken Nachrichtentechnik (ATN) which shortly thereafter was changed to ANT-Nachrichtentechnik (ANT – Communications Engineering/Technology), who took over all servicing for Telefunken audio equipment used in radio, television, and recording studios in Germany and abroad, and also developed new products, like the W695B and more.
All circuitry for the ANT W695B’s is high quality, living up to the strict German television and radio broadcast standards regulated by the Institüt für Rundfunk Technik in the 60's, 70's, and 80's- thereby earning it the designation W695B. These filters are fully balanced with rather large input and output transformers and all switches are stepped for 100% accurate recall settings. The ANT W695B’s are heir to a long tradition of fine German broadcast modules. The Wx9x series has earned an excellent reputation among studio engineers with modules like the Siemens W295B, Telefunken W695, TAB W95B, the Neumann W495B and W491A, and more. The ANT W695B design was based on a combination of the Filtek MK3 and MK4 EQ’s, designed by Stefan Sulke in the late 70’s, and for a time released by Telefunken under the moniker W696 and W697 with the Telefunken logo.
You can do everything from fat low end shaping for bass and drums, mid frequency boost or cut for guitars, to large amounts of glistening 12.5K or 16K sheen on vocals without harshness. I wouldn't hesitate to patch them into the mix bus and we've sold them previously to mastering engineers and received excellent reviews because of their quiet operation, extremely wide frequency response beyond 50 kHz, and low distortion and noise floor. For all you mastering engineers- we can also modify these for half-dB gain increments for extra precision. These are really flexible EQ’s and overall they have a relatively clean yet slightly aggressive and punchy color character, which we’ve heard described as “in your face”. They offer everything from subtle filtering to extreme EQ effect and are something that you can use to cut things up if needed, all the while warming things up a bit. They really are very powerful tools in a small package.